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from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
ON THE HURRICANES’ TURNAROUND: “It was frustrating, and I can tell you I’ve been very, very pleasantly surprised. I feel really good about the team. If we make the playoffs — if, and that’s true for a lot of teams — we will do very well.”
ON RUTHERFORD AS A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR THE TORONTO VACANCY: “I find that whole thing amusing. I talked to Jimmy yesterday about the whole Leafs situtation. I don’t know what the (heck) they’re going to do…. This whole thing about all the names that are being mentioned, everyone they’ve talked to who has been there, it may be an indication of why they’ve been so poor for so many years now.”
thanks to a KK reader fot the pointer…
fro Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Not sure how many people have noticed but Sergei Samsonov is well on his way to resurrecting his NHL career. The 29-year-old Moscow native is turning into quite the reclamation project for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The former first-round draft pick has 21 points (11-10) in 24 games since arriving.
“It’s been a great change for me personally and a good fit overall,” Samsonov told Sportsnet.ca.
According to Sportsnet television, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Tuomu Ruutu to Carolina for Andrew Ladd.
Update 12:22pm ET: From TSN now confirms with the same information,
Update12:32pm ET: From the Chicago Blackhawks,
“Andrew Ladd is a very good young forward who won a Stanley Cup with Carolina as a 20-year old,” said General manager Dale Tallon. “We acquired a very good young player in Andrew Ladd and in doing so had to give up good young player in Tuomo Ruutu.”
from the News & Observer,
There’s only one problem with Rod Brind’Amour’s recovery from knee surgery, as far as his father is concerned: holding him back.
“He got operated Friday afternoon. Saturday morning at 7:30, he’s lying on the floor in his bedroom and he’s lifting 55-pound weights. He’s got his leg up on a chair,” Bob Brind’Amour said before the Carolina Hurricanes’ 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday. “I went up there and said, ‘You idiot. What are you doing?’ He’s so dedicated. He knows his body, but in this case he’s got to tone it down a bit.”
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from the CP via TSN,
For a team that has been motivated by its absence from last year’s playoffs, Brind’Amour’s injury gives Carolina - which earlier in the week dealt away two key components of its 2006 Cup run and is missing nine other key players with concussions, illnesses and other ailments - another obstacle to overcome.
“There’s no question (that) in the locker room and on the ice, he’s going to be missed,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “From leadership, to the example in the weight room, on the ice, as a person, as a player, he’ll be missed.”
The injury to the two-time defending Selke Trophy winner and notorious workout warrior - he’s perhaps best known for his lengthy post-game sessions with the weights - creates a hole in the middle of the Hurricanes’ most productive line of late.
From TSN (and CP),
If the Carolina Hurricanes hope to make the playoffs, they will have to do so without their captain.
General Manager Jim Rutherford announced that the team will be without Rod Brind’Amour for four to six months after he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the first period of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Following the game the Hurricanes announced that Brind’Amour would undergo reconstructive knee surgery.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
This is a good trade for Ottawa.
The Senators have added three Stanley Cups to their roster - two for Cory Stillman and one for Mike Commodore - and they have added a legitimate top six forward and a top four defenceman. If Stillman and Commodore play to their potential, the Senators are much improved. Stillman’s secondary scoring is particularly welcome.
The deal makes sense for Carolina because they get a good, young, but oft-injured, Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo will help the power play.
The Ottawa Senators have shuffled the deck in a big way by completing a four-player transaction with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sources say the Senators have acquired defenceman Mike Commodore and forward Cory Stillman in exchange for defenceman Joe Corvo and forward Patrick Eaves.
added 2:45pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford says Stillman waived a no-trade clause to complete the deal.
added 2:58pm, via the Carolina Hurricanes,
“We’re pleased to acquire a very good, young player in Patrick, and address a need for a mobile defenseman who can move the puck on the power play like Joe,” said Rutherford. “We are very thankful to Cory and Mike as two great contributors to the Hurricanes, including during our Stanley Cup run of 2006.”
From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,
The replays Tracy was so happy to see emerged from a whirlwind of organized chaos confined within a trailer parked outside the arena and attached to the building by a spaghetti bowl of cables of every color and thickness.
It was the result of the coordination of a camera operator, one of seven. And a videotape operator, one of four. And an audio engineer and technical director, each switching between 14 camera feeds and five videotape machines.
All of it coordinated and orchestrated by a director and a producer, both of whom had long moved on to other tasks by the time the replay showed up on the air.
The relatively simple act of watching a hockey game on television offers no hint of the complexity behind the operation that plans, produces and puts the game on the air.
from the News & Observer,
Unfortunately, during the third line’s first shift, LaRose lost his footing and crashed into the boards, breaking his left leg.
While LaRose has just 17 points this season, he’s on the penalty kill unit and he’s a guy the Canes depend on.
“It’s a big deal,” Laviolette said. “He’s got a broken leg, and he’s going to be out for a while. He’s an energy guy and a heart and soul guy on this team. And he’ll be missed.”
more on the Canes loss to the Predators…
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